Apart­ment fire kills five in Seat­tle sub­urb

The Washington Post Sunday - - NEWS -

A mother in sub­ur­ban Seat­tle could only watch in agony as her four young chil­dren and a man were killed by an in­tense apart­ment fire early Satur­day, her neigh­bors said.

Jared Wil­son said the 30-yearold woman was able to es­cape the two-bed­room ground-floor apart­ment and stood out­side as heavy smoke and flames en­gulfed her home. All four chil­dren were 10 or younger, fire of­fi­cials said.

“She couldn’t speak — she was just hys­ter­i­cally scream­ing,” said Wil­son, 27, who lives on the build­ing’s third floor.

The names of the vic­tims and the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the woman and the 32-year-old man who was killed were not im­me­di­ately avail­able. In­ves­ti­ga­tors were work­ing to iden­tify the cause of the blaze in Red­mond, about 12 miles east of Seat­tle, but said there was no im­me­di­ate in­di­ca­tion of ar­son.

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